The City of Cape Town has recently issued a tender for a uniform electricity vending system – the aim being to replace four current disparate vending systems with one system.

The City has just competed the tender evaluation phase and currently is in the appeal process, which means that the order for the system will soon be placed. These experiences, reviewing how the electricity vending team reached has its objectives and the lessons learned, will also be presented at this year’s Metering, Billing/CRM Africa, which takes place from 28 May - 1 June 2007.

Metering, Billing/CRM Africa, along with International Prepayment Week and South African Prepayment Week, form part of African Utility Week, which is the largest gathering of African utilities on the continent to discuss metering, billing and customer service issues. The event also includes technical and training seminars, user group workshops, technical tours and metering association annual general meetings.

With the era of service delivery, privatisation, restructuring and reform moving forward, it is important that government representatives, utility CEOs, municipal managers, engineers, strategic planners, financiers and vendors are aware of all the legal frameworks, projects, technologies and consumer requirements in order to build Africa into a sustainable continent.

If you are a vendor wanting to break into Africa, there are exhibition spaces available as well as sponsorship opportunities.
For more information and to register to attend the event visit www.african-utility-week.com